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St. John's Alumni

Zachary Heinzerling '02

Zachary began his career at HBO as a production assistant. He quickly worked his way up the ranks on four consecutive Emmy Award-winning documentaries and the Emmy Award-winning series 24/7, working as a field producer and cinematographer. In 2012, he left HBO to complete his feature debut, the multi-award-winning film, Cutie and the Boxer, which he both directed and shot.
Cutie and the Boxer was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and also received a field-leading three Cinema Eye Awards for Outstanding Debut Feature, Outstanding Visual Effects, and Outstanding Original Score by acclaimed composer Yasuaki Shimizu. That same year, Zachary won the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, the Charles Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, as well as the International Documentary Association's Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. The film won the 2015 Emmy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Over the last 3 years, he has directed award-winning commercials for clients including Google, Nike, Coca-Cola, Facebook, ESPN, and Uber. He was also enlisted by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to direct the five-part web series Self-Titled for her album Beyoncé. He’s currently in development on two new features, a documentary and a fiction film.

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